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Gold for county athletes at state track meet
May 17, 2013 - By Randy Tucker, Staff Writer
Sterling Baker of Dubois won the Class 1-A boys discus, and Jesse Hawk won the 2-A pole vault for Wind River.
CASPER -- The Wyoming state track meet is well known for wind, heat, cold and rain, but not usually on the same day.
The annual event opened with near-perfect conditions but two strong fronts brought sheets of driving rain to Harry Geldien Stadium in Casper that postponed events twice on the opening day of the three-day meet.
Fremont County athletes from Class 1-A and 2-A performed exceptionally well in the early events. Dubois junior Sterling Baker has his best effort of the season in the discus, winning the Class 1-A event with a toss of 132-5. He also qualified for the fastest time in the 110-meter high hurdles.
Wind River's Jesse Hawk cleared 13-0 without a fault in the pole vault, then attempted 14-1 three times in an effort to break the long-standing Cougar school record. He is also seeded first in the Class 2-A 110-meter hurdle finals.
Wyoming Indian's Alvin Spoonhunter ran away from the field in the 3200-meter run. Spoonhunter continues his quest to win all three distance races, with the the 800 and 1600 still to come.
The Shoshoni 4x800-meter girls relay team broke it'd own state record with a 10:09, time but Lovell moved some girls around from regional competition a week ago and shattered the state record by 23 seconds in winning the event.
Wrangler sophomore Olivia Thompson placed second in the 3200-meter run to open the day Thursday.
Teammate Lawry Johnson was third in the boys 3200-meter run for Shoshoni and ran the opening leg of the school's third-place finish in the 4x800.
Jaxon Hedges paced Lander's opening-day effort with a sixth place in the long jump, and the Tigers' 4x800-meter relay placed seventh.
Ashtyn Leisy took fourth in the long jump with a personal best of 16-10.5 for Riverton.
The Wolverines' other opening day points came from sophomore Brandon Fullerton in the high jump. His 5-10 height placed eighth in Class 4-A.
The second rain delay was a big factor in the Class 1-A high jump. Anastasia Strong of Western Heritage Lutheran Academy in Riverton had the best qualifying height at 5-0, but as officials worked to dry off the saturated jumping surface Strong had to leave the event to run a qualifying heat of the 200-meter dash.
Just four minutes after finishing the trial she cleared 4-6 but couldn't clear the following marks and took third. She and teammate Dani Havercamp both qualified for the 200-meter finals.
St. Stephen's freshman Rachelle Lynch had a nice showing the 1-A shot put, taking fifth for the Eagles.
Day-one at state track
Class 1-A Girls
3200-meter Run: 1. Kaylie Moyes, COK 12:42.75
4x800-meter Relay: 1. Little Snake River 10:55.42
High Jump: 1. Kylah Meyer, LFL 4-10, 3. Anastasia Strong, WH 4-6
Shot Put: 1. Shaylee Rickard, LFL 35-5, 5. Rachelle Lynch, SS 29-7
Class 2-A Girls
3200-meter Run: 1. Austin Asay, PB 12:19.24, 2. Olivia Thompson, SHO 12:34.15
Pole Vault: 1. Shana Wilcoxson, BUR 10-6
4x800-meter Relay: 1. Lovell 9:57.42, 2. Shoshoni 10:09.25 (Katelyn Jennings, Sarah Thompson, Olivia Thompson, Tasha Maddock)
Long Jump: 1. Shana Wilcoxson, BUR 17-5.25
Shot Put: 1. Leesa Jensen, THM 38-4.5
Class 3-A Girls
3200-meter Run: 1. Hailey Ricks, SV 11:45.91
High Jump: 1. Ann Wingeleth, LYM 5-6
4x800-meter Relay: 1. Cody 9:50.24
Pole Vault: 1. Taylor Ballek, BUF 10-6
Class 4-A Girls
3200-meter Run: 1. Tabitha Simmons, GIL 11:32.50
Shot Put: 1. Maliya Crouch, RS 38-6.25
4x800-meter Relay: 1. Laramie 9:47.99
Long Jump: 1. Dayanera Timberman, KW 18-4.5, 4. Ashtyn Leisy, RIV 16-10.5
Class 1-A Boys
3200-meter Run: 1. Tyrel Toomer, COK 10:44.43
Discus: 1. Sterling Baker, DUB 132-5
4x800-meter Relay: 1. Lingle Ft. Laramie 8:41.92
Long Jump: 1. Seth Bennett, MEET 21-2.5
Class 2-A Boys
3200-meter Run: 1. Alvin Spoonhunter, WI 10:32.59, 3. Lawry Johnson, SHO 10:42.24
Long Jump: 1. Dino Collins, LOV 21-2
4x800-meter Relay: 1. Saratoga 8:31.21, 3. Shoshoni 8:53.98 (Lawry Johnson, JJ Crichton, Connor Wilkerson, Tyler Clemetson)
Pole Vault: 1. Jesse Hawk, WR 13-0
Class 3-A Boys:
3200-meter Run: 1. Camerson Grant, JAC 9:58.63
Pole Vault: 1. Blanchard Leighton, COD 14-0
4x800-meter Relay: 1. Jackson 8:20.83, 7. Lander Valley 8:36.19 (Tristan Herr, Kade Simonson, Beau Green, George Case)
Long Jump: 1. Bobby Wingeleth, LYM 22-9, 6. Jaxon Hedges, LAN 20-0
Class 4-A Boys
3200-meter Run: 1. Ricky Faure, RS 9:24.80
Long Jump: 1. Tristin Cloward, NC 21-1.5
4x800-meter Relay: 1. Kelly Walsh, 7:59.52
High Jump: 1. Tanner Fischer, KW 6-2, 8. Brandon Fullerton, RIV 5-10